Temple Kehoe was an Australian journalist and military historian whose life-long passion was the prevention of the unnecessary loss of human lives through failure to learn from the lessons of history. He was particularly interested in the repeated failure of military systems to effectively use available technology to save the lives of combat fighters in war.
He spent a year in a combat role in the Australian Air Force’s all-volunteer airfield defence unit deployed in night patrols outside the wire around the U.S. Phan Rang Airbase in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
His submission to the Australian Senate’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee’s inquiry onto the future of the Australian Army (presented in 1973 and published by the Senate in 1974) set out a plan for the defence of the Australian continent. The military hardware he proposed in that plan to illustrate his defence strategy for Australia is now being introduced as the core military hardware for all three forces in Australia - forty years later.
Temple planned to write four more books in this series analysing and revising the D-Day invasion strategy and execution. These books were to cover Super Rhinos, Armour, Airborne and Command. Sadly Temple died in Sydney in 2015 not long after finishing this first book in the series.